California Claret – Coppola 2020 Diamond Collection






There are a number of obscure & antiquated wine terms

that haven’t completely gone away but are not

in the mainstream of  present-day wine nomenclature.  


Claret is on that list.. 


It’s a British term…several hundred years old…

that originated as a reference to common red Bordeaux wine. 

As Bordeaux became more refined and sophisticated (and expensive!)

the term claret faded away outside the UK.

But recently,  claret has made a bit of a comeback.  

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It’s Wine Thursday!, our weekly look at a good wine

that sells at a reasonable price

and is easy to find at retail or online.   


This week, we’re revisiting a wine

we’ve highlighted in the past.


The name of the wine might not be well known. 

But the name of the wine’s producer is quite famous.



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Where it’s from 

Academy-award winning director Francis Ford Coppola

built his winery outside Geyserville in the north end

of Sonoma County wine country. 

It includes a memorabilia-filled gallery

with props and artifacts from Coppola’s long list

of notable movies including The Godfather,

Apocalypse Now and, pictured above, Tucker.

It’s a must-see for anyone who loves movies and wine. 

That’s everybody, right?


What it is

Cabernet Sauvignon is normally the dominant grape in a claret blend

and Cabernet definitely leads the way in Coppola’s ’20 Black Diamond version. 

It’s 77% Cabernet Sauvignon with Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and Segalin

making up the difference.   

Thus, if you’re a fan of the typical vanilla, oak and plum flavors prevalent

in Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll find this Claret to be an easy drink. 

The body is full, the tannins are solid and the finish is long.   


While it’s quite quaffable now, this wine will improve with time. 

Lay it down in a cool, dark place and check back on it in 2025-26.


Where to buy it

Costco sells the Coppola Claret for $13.79.  It’s at Total Wine for $13.97. 

The price at Fred Meyer is $13.99.  Walmart has it for $15 even. 

It’s on the shelf at Vons for $15.54. 

Both Target and Safeway have it for $15.99. 

It’s at Albertsons for $17.99 and Ralphs for $19.99. 

You can order it from B-21 for $12.98 

ABC Fine Wine has it for $14.49 

Empire Wine’s price is $14.95